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measures against Sir E., and to-morrow the Common Council meet, to draw up instructions for their members. They have sent into Scotland and into the counties for the same purpose. Carteret and Pulteney4 pretend to he against this violence, but own that if their party insist upon it, they cannot desert them. The .cry against Sir R. has been greater this week than ever; first, against a grant of four thousand pounds a year, which the King gave him on his resignation, but which, to quiet them, he has given up5. Then, upon making his daughter a lady; their wives and daughters declare against giving her place. He and she both kissed hands yesterday, and on Friday go to Richmond for a week. He seems quite secure in his innocence—but what protection is that, against the power and malice of party ! Indeed, his friends seems as firm as ever, and frequent him as much; but they are not now the strongest. As to an impeachment, I think they will not be so mad as to proceed to it: it is too solemn and too public to be attempted, without proof of crimes, of which he certainly is not guilty. For a bill of pains and penalties, they may if they will, I believe, pass it through the Commons, but will scarce get the assent of the King and Lords. In a week more I shall be able to write with less uncertainty.
I hate sending you false news, as that was, of the Duke of Richmond's resignation. It arose from his being two hours below with Sir R., and from some very warm discourse of his in the House of Lords, against the present violences; but went no farther. Zeal magnified this, as she
4 Lord Carteret and Mr. Pulteney had really betrayed their party; and so injudiciously, that they lost their old Mends, and gained no new. Wai-pole.
6 Sir R., at the persuasion of his "brother, Mr. Selwyn, and others, desisted from pursuing this grant. Three years afterwards, when the
clamour waa at an end, and his affairs extremely involved, he sued for it; which Mr. Pelham, his friend and dttve, was brought with the worst grace in the world to ask, and his old obliged master, the King, prevailed upon, with as ill grace, to grant. Walpole.